Because I do so many workout DVDs, sometimes I get a little, ahem, lazy in my fitness attire. Granted, I’ve never gone sans clothes (I’m not that weird), but a time or two I’ve accidentally grapevined in my husband’s dirty boxers, mistaking them for my shorts in the 6 a.m. darkness. And I’d lie if I said I’ve never worn a holey sports bra with a pair of stained gray sweatpants that I’ve owned since college. Sure, I feel better when I sport my new gear, but sometimes the comfort of home becomes too, well, comfortable.
Case in point: my footwear.*
While my clothing choices have been questionable and not suitable for company if someone happened to stop by, it’s got nothing on my feet. See, sometimes when I Zumba or Turbo Jam or lift mundo weights with Cathe, I don’t wear shoes. Part of it is because I’m lazy. I know I should wear shoes for support during cardio and to keep my digits intact when I strength train, but putting socks on and lacing up seems like a hassle sometimes. Okay, when I work out at home it always seems like a hassle. My floor is clean. There aren’t rusty nails or staples around, and, even if there were, I’m updated on my tetanus shot. That’s my rationale anyways.
Despite all this, unless I’m doing yoga or Pilates on a mat, I still have bare feet guilt. That was until I met (or heard) Sara Haley, one of the instructors from the Reebok Global Instructors Team. In a recent webinar I sat in on about Reebok’s new fitness initiative, which is bringing fun back to fitness (FBG is all for that!), she confessed—okay she “said” but, to me, it felt like confessing—that she teaches class barefoot and likes to do some workouts in the foot nude. She’s a trained dancer and choreographer, so she’s used to it and enjoys it. Hallelujah!
Then, just for the hey of it, I googled “working out barefoot,” and found this article, which didn’t really give a solid position about naked feet but had some interesting research on how barefoot walking is better than walking on hard-soled shoes.
What about you? Do you ever work out barefoot at home? Even if you’re not doing yoga or Pilates? Come on … join Sara and me. —Jenn